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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: BMGF ORG <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 12:08:35 -0700
Subject: Humanitarian aid

>From BMGF Foundation.
Reference Code:BMG-BSCS001/C1904/2022.
Pandemic Funds Aid

Dear Donation Beneficiary,

We wish to inform you that you have been randomly and successfully
chosen as one of the trustworthy individuals to receive a grant of
$5,700,000.00 as community donations from the BMGF charity program.
Review the link for more inquire:

Kindly contact our claim institution {Westgate Finance} via Email: for more information and directions on how to
claim your donation. We have sent a letter of authorization to them in
your favor.

You should use this donation to advance the cause of humanity
especially the victims of pandemic and less privilege. The primary
goal of BMGF humanitarian assistance is to save lives and alleviate
suffering by ensuring that vulnerable and crisis-affected individuals
receive assistance and protection.

Warren Buffett,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Secretary and Chief of Impact
Mark Suzman

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